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Let’s try this again , I have the moderators backing on this.

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Dolby Vision support in a later patch? Dolby Vision support through HDMI on this set?

Thanks for the support here with the new thread.
 

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Dolby Vision support in a later patch? Dolby Vision support through HDMI on this set?



Thanks for the support here with the new thread.


No one knows the when but it will happen at some point. Hdmi is already supported on the current Sony’s it’s up to device manufacturers to catch up.
 
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Dolby Vision support in a later patch? Dolby Vision support through HDMI on this set?

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The Sony web page for the A8F (footnote 5) says Dolby Vision via firmware update by summer of 2018. Of course Sony has broken it’s promises before. I suspect the hold up is that the Dolby Company needs to certify it before it can be released. Once the 2018 Sony 900F gets it’s pending DV update, the A8F should follow in a few weeks (since the 900F was released a few weeks before the A8F).
 
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The Sony web page for the A8F (footnote 5) says Dolby Vision via firmware update by summer of 2018. Of course Sony has broken it’s promises before. I suspect the hold up is that the Dolby Company needs to certify it before it can be released. Once the 2018 Sony 900F gets it’s pending DV update, the A8F should follow in a few weeks (since the 900F was released a few weeks before the A8F).
The problem with Dolby now for me is, once you have the SW ready, it has to go be certified. Oppo has been working on this since Feb and it still hasn't been released. My guess is, the A8F being a new model, had to get DV FW made for it and then certified by Dolby, which seems to be a cluster screw of gridlock. Dolby has not done a lot to help their own format.

It is asinine that the 203 was certified a year ago, yet to add a new profile it has to go be in for recert. Hopefully the A8F gets its update by late June, when I expect it to be my main display...
 

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The Sony web page for the A8F (footnote 5) says Dolby Vision via firmware update by summer of 2018. Of course Sony has broken it’s promises before. I suspect the hold up is that the Dolby Company needs to certify it before it can be released. Once the 2018 Sony 900F gets it’s pending DV update, the A8F should follow in a few weeks (since the 900F was released a few weeks before the A8F).


Yeah I think that is a good read of the situation, looking forward to it because the dv I have seen is really amazing .
 

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I have been researching as much as possible over the last week and the 65" A8F might be the TV that I go with. I currently have a 49" Samsung KS8000. My primary use is gaming (ps4 pro) followed by movies (about to get a UHD Blu Ray player) as well as Netflix. I will get burn in insurance so I'm not too concerned about that and I've heard the issue is a little overblown anyway. I suppose my only real concern left is will the A8F be too dim while playing HDR games or watching HDR content?
 

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Dim and OLED HDR is a bit of a confusing thing. Chunon and I had 940E's. Sure its a light cannon, but the black floor is raised too when in HDR mode. The OLED will maintain that zero black regardless, so specular highlights like street likes, vehicle lights, etc... in the dark are pretty dang cool.

I watched Maze Runner Death Cure last weekend on the A1E and the HDR was great. I just dont think dim, there is a ton of pop because of the blacks. Now sure, the highlights at 700 nits are not as bright as 1400 nits or whatever, but the pop an OLED has in SDR and HDR is the real deal. Also, even when in HDR mode and day scenes, you maintain a depth of image due to the contrast ratio an LCD cannot put out.
 
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I've ordered the 65" A8F - I cancelled my A1E order and went for the A8F instead. It arrives on May 4 into our new home in Portland, OR. It will be mounted in a media cabinet with a full swivel Sanus mount. It's replacing a 55" Pioneer Kuro (which I brought with me from the UK).

As a first time OLED owner it would be super handy to have a "new owner ticks & trips" section in the OP. Eg, how long you should run it before running a manual refresh cycle, common starting picture settings, what settings one might consider turning on/off out of the box (eg motion/BFI) based on taste, which hardward to connect to which HDMI ports, etc.

Many thanks for everyone sharing their knowledge!

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PS my signature still refers to my previously-ordered A1E, but I can't seem to edit my signature...?
 

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Dim and OLED HDR is a bit of a confusing thing. Chunon and I had 940E's. Sure its a light cannon, but the black floor is raised too when in HDR mode. The OLED will maintain that zero black regardless, so specular highlights like street likes, vehicle lights, etc... in the dark are pretty dang cool.

I watched Maze Runner Death Cure last weekend on the A1E and the HDR was great. I just dont think dim, there is a ton of pop because of the blacks. Now sure, the highlights at 700 nits are not as bright as 1400 nits or whatever, but the pop an OLED has in SDR and HDR is the real deal. Also, even when in HDR mode and day scenes, you maintain a depth of image due to the contrast ratio an LCD cannot put out.
Thank you for your input. I've just never seen an OLED in a dark home environment, I've only ever seen them on display in bright stores. So I expect that I will love the A8F immediately if I get it. I'm just hesitant right now but I think I'm going to buy it this week.
 

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The Sony web page for the A8F (footnote 5) says Dolby Vision via firmware update by summer of 2018. Of course Sony has broken it’s promises before. I suspect the hold up is that the Dolby Company needs to certify it before it can be released. Once the 2018 Sony 900F gets it’s pending DV update, the A8F should follow in a few weeks (since the 900F was released a few weeks before the A8F).
Where do you see summer?
 

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I've ordered the 65" A8F - I cancelled my A1E order and went for the A8F instead. It arrives on May 4 into our new home in Portland, OR. It will be mounted in a media cabinet with a full swivel Sanus mount. It's replacing a 55" Pioneer Kuro (which I brought with me from the UK).



As a first time OLED owner it would be super handy to have a "new owner ticks & trips" section in the OP. Eg, how long you should run it before running a manual refresh cycle, common starting picture settings, what settings one might consider turning on/off out of the box (eg motion/BFI) based on taste, which hardward to connect to which HDMI ports, etc.



Many thanks for everyone sharing their knowledge!



P.



PS my signature still refers to my previously-ordered A1E, but I can't seem to edit my signature...?


Click on the user cp menu option there should be an edit signature option there.
 

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You are correct. They must have just changed it. I did check the web page just yesterday. Either that or I was on the wrong web page. In any case it is now footnote 3 it used to be footnote 5. The Sony X700 Blu Ray player does say Dolby Vision by the summer of 2018 in footnote 2.
 

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Got the 55A8F mounted on the wall late last night and threw some limited content at it.

To say we are impressed in an understatement. Everything from DirecTV to ATV4k looks pretty darn good straight out of the box. This unit is in the bedroom and we are just using the Acoustical Surface Speakers with an outboard Energy Sub and it sounds great for that application.

Cannot wait to get the hours on it so D-Nice can come calibrate it.
 

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I too am really wanting to pull the trigger on this set but am waiting a bit for the owners here to report back how burn in is. That is truly my main concern.
 

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I too am really wanting to pull the trigger on this set but am waiting a bit for the owners here to report back how burn in is. That is truly my main concern.


I have yet to see any IR let alone burn in, I owned a 2015 and 2016 lg and never had an ir or burn in issue. The potential is way overblown here on AVS imo .
 

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I have yet to see any IR let alone burn in, I owned a 2015 and 2016 lg and never had an ir or burn in issue. The potential is way overblown here on AVS imo .
Same for me. I don't game, but I just have never had an issue, and I am on OLED #3 .

In my experience, it is nothing like plasma, were I would regularly see IR after a long ESPN college football session or something.
 

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Excited to get this TV in the next few weeks. I work at Best Buy part time and the Sony Accomodation for us went live last night at midnight, and I managed to be one of the 2,000 people that got a coupon for a ridiculous price on this TV.

My gf bought a B7 LG a few months ago and it's been a beautiful set so far, so I'm interested to see how well a Sony OLED compares in real world environments and not just with the in store demo looping. Coming off a 65ks8000 and Panasonic VT50. Keeping the Panasonic (duh) and giving the Samsung to a friend. Don't think I could ever go back to an edge lit TV after seeing the B7 for a while now. (btw, the TCL P series is also wonderful).

For those of you that have gotten a calibration on a Sony OLED before, did it make a signifcant difference?
 

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Excited to get this TV in the next few weeks. I work at Best Buy part time and the Sony Accomodation for us went live last night at midnight, and I managed to be one of the 2,000 people that got a coupon for a ridiculous price on this TV.



My gf bought a B7 LG a few months ago and it's been a beautiful set so far, so I'm interested to see how well a Sony OLED compares in real world environments and not just with the in store demo looping. Coming off a 65ks8000 and Panasonic VT50. Keeping the Panasonic (duh) and giving the Samsung to a friend. Don't think I could ever go back to an edge lit TV after seeing the B7 for a while now. (btw, the TCL P series is also wonderful).



For those of you that have gotten a calibration on a Sony OLED before, did it make a signifcant difference?

The calibration controls are limited and the oob picture is pretty good . Calibration can always improve things but it’s pretty subjective . I think most folks would be more than satisfied by just dialing in basic settings .
 
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